Welcome to Episode #26 of The Dr. O Show!
On Today’s episode, I talk about my weekend away in Michigan with my family enjoying the winter in a variety of different ways. I talk some about cold thermogenesis, which has certainly had its run on the bloggosphere. I definitely come from the camp that cold is good for you, and so is heat (I like saunas a lot, which I mention in the podcast). But all this talk about cold’s ‘magical’ effects is a little overblown from my perspective. It helps relieve pain and inflammation. It helps reduce swelling. It can feel good. I have also treated plenty of people at the burn center with frostbite. So, I get pretty skeptical about covering myself in ice (which I have tried, and can’t really do, nor do I think it’s safe).
But being outside in the cold, playing sports, sledding, skating and having fun is a good thing, and you should all do it if you have the chance. To me it’s simple, and simple explanations are not bad if they work. They just don’t get you much notoriety as bombast and extravagant claims of special powers being unleashed. Having a great day with your family, and bonding with your kids, and eating some good healthy food after a long day in the cold is plenty for me.
I also talk about a study that was recently published about tummy tucks and weight loss. Now, typically, tummy tucks are not a weight loss procedure, but this study found some interesting things. I personally think doing a tummy tuck is a nice ‘treat’ after weight loss, which is a common reason for this procedure. The tummy tuck may help aid in that process, but I don’t believe it causes that weight loss. I have seen people gain weight after both liposuction and tummy tucks. But I have also seen people, who live a healthy lifestyle and eat paleo, low-carb, or some variant of the ant-SAD diet, do really well and get a nice boost after a tummy tuck. Part of it is mental, I think. You want to not spoil this expensive result by gaining weight, but I do think it’s very possible that part of it is physical.
Let me know what you think, and thanks for listening!